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Southern NSW Local Health District Healthcare Quarterly Report


Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) responded well to increased activity in the July to September 2021 quarter, highlighted in the latest Bureau of Health Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly Report.

Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) say "This was one of the most challenging quarters on record for the staff, patients, and community of Southern NSW. The Delta outbreak, which started in mid-June, had a pronounced impact on the broader NSW health system. Despite this, SNSWLHD staff continued to provide high quality and safe care."

Overall, emergency department (ED) attendances across the District increased by 9.6 per cent (or 2,331) to 26,685 attendances in the July to September 2021 quarter, compared with the same quarter in 2020.

Despite this increase in activity, more than three-quarters of patients (77.1 per cent) started treatment on time in the latest quarter, this is above the state average of 74.5 per cent.

The median time to start treatment for triage category 2 (emergency) patients was eight minutes, faster than the 10-minute target.

Almost 8 in 10 patients (78 per cent) left the Emergency Department within four hours, also well ahead of the state average of 67.5 per cent. Healthcare Quarterly Report provides: Batemans Bay District Hospital saw 2,769 emergency department (ED) attendances during

July to September 2021, up by 0.6 per cent (or 17), compared with the same period in 2020.

More than four out of five emergency patients (82.8 per cent) left the ED within four hours in

the quarter, consistent with the same period in the previous year. Batemans Bay District Hospital performed 100 elective surgery procedures during the quarter, with most of

these in the non-urgent category. Pleasingly, 100 per cent of all elective surgery patients had their surgery on time during July to September 2021.


At Moruya District Hospital, 100 per cent of the 265 urgent, semi-urgent and non-urgent elective surgery procedures were performed on time in the July to September


quarter. The hospital’s Emergency Department had 2,507 attendances from July to September, up 6.9 per cent (or 162) from the same period in 2020.


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